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Sharp LL-191A

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder LL 191A-B 19

Sharp LL-191A
Artwork: Rick Rizner, John Goddard

Sharp's LL-191A scored well on all our text screens. On one of our black-and-white test screens--designed to elicit shimmer or interference--closely spaced lines looked especially sharp. The monitor scored in the top third of recently tested 19-inch LCDs and earned a Very Good rating for text. On our graphics tests, the LL-191A scored only Good, partly because photo screens looked a bit washed out. And the LL-191A had trouble making the darker shades in our grayscale test stand out from a black background.

The LL-191A's control buttons reside in comfortable finger-wells on the underside of the bezel, making the buttons easy to locate by feel. Contrasting labels on the front of the bezel direct you to the correct button. The physical adjustments don't show as much thought; the LL-191A offers only the ability to tilt. The screen control presets--'cool', 'warm', and the configurable 'user'--seem rudimentary, but the LL-191A also offers gain control and gamma control for the more exacting user.

The Sharp LL-191A is a safe bet for text work but a long shot for graphics.

Laura Blackwell

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder LL 191A-B 19

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